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MP launches guided bus survey


South Cambridgeshire MP Anthony Browne has launched a survey about the guided busway.

The busway would run on green belt on the edge of  Great Shelford and Stapleford.

Stapleford Parish Council says that there is a better alternative which would have less impact on the green belt and would be more use to villagers in Stapleford.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is trying to provide better public transport in and around Cambridge. One of their flagship projects is the Cambridge South East Transport scheme, also known as CSET, which would see a new busway (a purpose-built road for buses only) built entirely through the countryside to connect the Biomedical Campus with a new park and ride near Babraham.

The proposal is dependent on a vote by Cambridgeshire County Councillors at their meeting on 8th February. The TWAO (Transport and Works Act Order) which authorises the compulsory purchase of the land and the construction of CSET cannot be submitted to the Dept of Transport without this.

So it is important to contact our County Councillors and tell them that an alternative scheme based on the A1307 would deliver most of the benefits of the GCP’s proposed scheme but with much less harm to the green belt countryside, at a much lower cost and could be delivered more quickly.

Posted Jan 18 2022

Great Shelford green bin collections delayed 

Green bin collections in Great Shelford have been suspended until January 19 because of the number of drivers and loaders absent - particularly with Coronavirus or self-isolating.

Green bins were due to be collected on Friday January 7th.

The next green bin collection date is Wednesday January 19th. Blue bins will also be collected on the same day.

The suspension will allow crews to concentrate on emptying black and blue bins during the festive period when more waste and recycling is traditionally generated.

Posted Dec 20 2021


Go ahead for retirement village


Controversial proposals to build a retirement village on green belt in Stapleford have been given the go ahead.

The retirement care village will include 220 residential units on green belt land between Haverhill Road, Stapleford and Hinton Way, Great Shelford.

There will also be facilities for the wider community to use including wellness facilities, a swimming pool and a new 50-acre Countryside Park.

There were 54 objections to the original proposal. One resident from Haverhill Road in Stapleton who submitted a letter to South Cambridgeshire Council said they were worried any development would "irreversibly change" the character of the area.

They added: "The proposed development of Greenbelt land combined with the planned busway would devastate the delightful rural character of our village.”

The proposal was originally rejected by South Cambs Council in April 2021. But it was given the go ahead following a planning appeal at the end of last year.

Developers Axis Land Partnerships said the high-end retirement village would include an investment of £15 million, creating 190 jobs during construction. 

Axis Land Partnerships is part of the Sir Robert McAlpine Group and are working in partnership with the landowner of the proposed development site.

Details about the planning appeal can be found here.

The original planning application from July 2020 can be read here.

Posted Jan 4 2022


On this map of the retirement care village, Hinton Way can be seen on the top left, Haverhill Road on the bottom right and Gog Magog Way at the bottom of the picture

Co-op move update

There has been a further twist in the Co-op's proposals to move its store in Great Shelford.

It is planning to move from High Street to High Green so that they can have a bigger shop in the development that includes the Noel Young Wine Bar.

But the planning application was withdrawn during November. It is understood that traffic issues surrounding the proposal have yet to be resolved.

The revised proposals were due to be unveiled at the Parish Council's planning committee meeting on January 10 at 7.30pm. However it was announce on January 4 that the Co-op have withdrawn their application for 7 De Freville House, High Green again and will not be presenting to the Great Shelford Parish Council's Planning Committee on Monday 10th January. 

The new shop would include a cashpoint machine.

It would be 50% bigger than the current store.

The proposal includes 14 car spaces and the number of staff increasing from 11 to 13.

Updated Jan 4 2022


Parish Council headlines

Great Shelford Parish Council has declared a climate emergency

The Council is launching new Community Awards this year sponsored by Redmayne, Arnold and Harris.

The Parish Council is going to rename the Sports Pavilion The Charlie Nightingales Sports Pavilion after the former Chairman of the Parish Council who was also a district councillor for the village.

More details at

Posted Jan 3 2022


New village walking group


A walking group has been set up in Great Shelford.


They walk on the first and third Wednesday of every month..


"Its a friendly group but the take up so far has been minimal" said organiser Leah Collis.


They are gentle walks that start and finish at the David Rayner Centre. The next walk will be Wednesday the 24th Nov 1:30pm.

Posted Dec 20 2021


Shop and help SSYI


Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative have been selected as one of the local charities to benefit from this year's CoOp Local Fund.

This means that when you shop at any branch of the CoOp, if you are a CoOp member (that is very easy to do too) you can choose a preferred charity to support. The money they receive from the fund will depend on how many people select SSYI


Any donations from this fund until 22 October 2022 will benefit SSYI's work amongst the young people in our area.


They have highlighted our "Girls2Win" project, which will expand their work with vulnerable young women at risk of low mental health, self-harm, suicide and risk-taking or anti-social behaviour.

Posted Dec 20 2021

Parochial Charities could support more areas locally


Great Shelford Parochial Charities is considering supporting areas outside of Great Shelford.


The charity currently provides assistance, including accommodation, to “poor persons resident in the area of the Parish of Great Shelford as constituted on 15 April, 1890”. 


Many residents will be aware the charity has 32 properties at More’s Meadow and is in the process of constructing an additional 21 almshouses.


The trustees are considering varying the terms of the charity so that assistance can be provided to a wider pool of potential beneficiaries. 


The charity would continue to assist those in need who live in the Parish, but the proposed amendment would also allow the charity to assist those in need who live in the surrounding area or who have a strong connection with the village or an ability to contribute significantly to village life.

They are currently consulting on the changes. The full legal notice can be read here.

Posted Dec 17 2021

Shelford library update


Happy New Year from Great Shelford Library. We hope you’ll support us in 2022. Here are five ways to do this:


  1. Join: it’s simple and free. Everyone can be a member of the library – even babies.

  2. Use: make use of your local library. Borrow books (in person or downloaded to a device}; use a computer; attend events and activities; access online resources to help with work or research.

  3. Donate: library services are free to use but monetary donations, small or large, help us to provide more books and services.

  4. Join the Friends of Great Shelford Library: only £5 for lifetime membership.

  5. Spread the word: if you love your library, tell your friends and neighbours and encourage them to join. The more members we have, the stronger we are!


Families: we have a new Facebook page just for you! This is where all our events and activities for children and families are listed, where you can comment, ask questions and share the news with friends and family. Don’t miss a thing - have a look today and make sure you click the Follow button!


Half term Lego event: if Covid-19 restrictions at the time allow, a children’s Lego event will be held at the library on 16th February from 2-3.30pm. Places must be pre-booked. Age 3+. £1 per child.

Posted December 17 2021

Special public meeting about local plan

Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Council held a public meeting on Wednesday 1st December at 7pm in Great Shelford Memorial Hall to hear your views on the proposed Local Plan.

The plan includes proposals to build 100 new homes on Green Belt off Hinton Way and Mingle Lane. For more information about those controversial proposals, click here.

For more information on the emerging local plan, please visit the Greater Cambridge Planning page: Greater Cambridge Local Plan

Posted November 30 2021


Hinton Way burglary

A house in Hinton Way, Great Shelford was burgled on November 17.

The front windows at first were forced and then smashed. Items were taken including sets of china, furniture was deliberately damaged and the house ransacked throughout.

Please message the police if you happened to see individuals acting suspicious along Hinton Way - either a parked car at the side of the road, house lights left on in the early hours or individuals walking along Hinton Way with a large dark blue plastic laundry basket, In the last 24 hours.

Posted Nov 18 2021


Vicar to leave Great Shelford

Popular Great Shelford Vicar Simon Talbott is leaving the Parish.

The St| Mary's Church vicar is moving on in January to take up the post of Senior Chaplain and Manager, working for the Bishop of Ely.

He is a member of the Parish Council. He has also been involved with the Playscape campaign, the Feast and Great Shelford Parochial Charities.

Sarah Rann, Chair of the Parochial Charities Trustees, said “We owe Simon an enormous debt of gratitude for his tireless work at the charity, his invaluable input to our almshouse development programme, his liaison on our behalf with other village bodies and his guidance in negotiating a path through officialdom. Above all, we will miss his friendship, good humour and innate sense of what is right.”

Simon became priest in charge of Great Shelford in July 2013 and subsequently Vicar in 2019. Read a profile of Rev Talbott.

Posted Nov 30 2021


Organists needed


St Mary's Church in Great.Shelford urgently needs to find organists to  play for services over the Christmas period. Please contact Dianne on 07867 506380 for further details if you think you might be able to help.

Posted Nov 30 2021


New nursery opening in March


The new Shelford Day Nursery is Cambridge’s first STEM nursery and will now be opening its doors in March 2022.

It is located in the former Lloyd’s bank building site on High Green.

STEM education is an integrated learning approach focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Here at Shelford Day Nursery, we feel this approach to learning focuses on building key skills, inspiring curiosity in young minds, teaching children to become critical thinkers and how to go about resolving problems through evaluation techniques and thinking outside the box,” said a spokesman for the nursery.  The nursery operates on an ethos of “building a Foundation for Life Long Learning”.

The nursery will accommodate up to 60 children from birth to 5 years, across three separate rooms and also has two separate outdoor areas, with a sheltered designated outdoor space for the babies.

The Nursery’s daily opening hours will be: 7:30am to 6pm and the nursery will

be open 50 weeks a year.

The Nursery manager Deborah Parfitt has more than 35 years experience

in the sector. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and Early

Years Professional status, along with a wealth of additional training in all things Early Years.

Updated Dec 17 2021

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Arthur Rank needs volunteers, vans and van drivers to support Christmas Tree recycling scheme

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is asking the local community for their support with its annual Christmas Tree collection. The ‘treasure hunt for trees’ will be taking place on Thursday 6, Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 January 2022.


It is the seventh year of the fundraising scheme which last year saw more than 2900 pre-loved trees collected and composted, raising over £54,000 for the Hospice’s vital frontline services.


The scheme depends on a unique collaboration between the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity team, Just Helping, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire County Council, local businesses and scores of volunteers who generously donate their time.


Alison Pinney, Community Fundraiser said: “We are appealing for more volunteers who can drive (preferably their own van) and crew members, to help us this January so we can achieve our target. We will be running the scheme in line with the any current government guidelines, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our volunteers.”


If you, and/or someone you know, might be able to help, please contact the Hospice’s fundraising team on 01223 675888 or email

Posted November 29 2021


McColls former shop to become a takeaway

The former McColls newsagents is being converted into an Indian takeaway.

Proposals to convert the empty shop on Woollards Lane have been agreed

by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

McColls has stood empty since the shop closed three years ago.

Posted Oct 31 2021

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SSYI new centre opens

The Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative committee was very excited to be opening the new Youth Centre above the Memorial Hall in Woollards Lane in Great Shelford on Saturday 16th October.


It was a dream 25 years ago when SSYI was founded that they would have a permanent Youth Centre for our three villages and that dream and hope is now a reality.


They expect the centre to be used at least five days a week which will enhance their ability to serve the young people of our Villages and beyond. It is expected that at least 50 Young People will regularly access the Youth Centre and SSYI support and as the Youth Centre opens this number is expected to grow.

The Youth Centre was opened by Caroline Bewes DL, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and a Little Shelford resident accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant for the County, Professor Roderick Watkins. Caroline spoke at the opening about her involvement with SSYI in the early years and her passion for work with young people, which is her chosen charitable focus during her year in office.

Parish, District and County Councillors who helped provide some of the funding were also represented as well as private supporters and Church representatives. Malcolm Watson, Chair of Great Shelford Parish Council spoke about the PC’s support for SSYI since its inception and their contribution to finding this permanent home for SSYI while Marlon, one of the SSYI members who is taking on a “Young Leader” role at SSYI presented a bouquet to Caroline thanking her for cutting the ribbon and opening the new Centre.

Visit their web site for a video showing the interior of the Youth Centre and its facilities and for more information on how you can help SSYI as a volunteer, supporter or a committee member contact Zac Britton our lead youth worker on or

David J H Jones, Chair of Trustees SSYI,

Posted Oct 31 2021


Carbon capture at More’s Meadow

Great Shelford Parochial Charities have received a £4,610 grant to plant native trees on their land in the village at More’s Meadow.


Awarded by South Cambs CC under its Zero Carbon Communities Scheme, the money will purchase 22 mature trees including field maple, hornbeam, hazel, hawthorne, beech, crab apple, oak, wild service and rowan


Thanking South Cambs for their generosity, Parochial Charities trustee, Keith Sugden, said, “The Charity has a number of initiatives underway to enhance the village environment and combat climate change. Already, we have laid out new allotments, planted some 80 trees - including a community orchard - established a community garden and laid wheelchair accessible paths alongside our raised planting beds.”

The Charity’s land, approximately seven acres between Cambridge Rd and the railway, is open to all. There are three entrances: at the end of Bridge Close / More’s Meadow, also from the railway footbridge, and from the end of The Hectare entrance; the latter is designed for easy wheelchair access.

Further information about the Parochial Charities can be found at

Posted Oct 26 2021


Environmental books at village library


A year-round selection of books to delight, amaze and inform you about the wonders of our planet and the challenges it is facing are now on the shelves at Great Shelford library.


Books on nature and wildlife, gardening for wildlife, ecology, climate change, and on ways to live a greener, more climate-friendly life are now available.

Posted Oct 26 2021


7a Shelford bus times are changing

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See the full details here

Posted Nov 1 2021

Village railway crossing named worst in the UK

Shelford railway crossing has been named as the worst in the UK for barrier-hopping.

Shelford level crossing recorded 11 'incursions' in 2020, according to the Daily Mail after they made a Freedom of Information request to Network Rail.

According to the Mail, a man was knocked to the ground by a head blow from a descending barrier. 

The newspaper claimed that other incidents at Shelford saw pedestrians leapfrog the closed barriers, in some cases to get onto the train platform - without paying – or simply to cross more quickly.

However, in a letter to Shelford resident Ian Kydd in April 2020, Sophie Moeng, Network Rail’s Consultation Manager claimed the crossing wasn’t a risk.

“The level crossing does not pose an undue safety risk and therefore no significant upgrades have been identified,” she said.

“This includes installing a footbridge as a means to cross the railway when the barriers are down.

“Any new footbridge would very likely have to be fully accessible so this would involve a ramped structure or a stepped footbridge with lifts.”

Posted October 3 2021

Villager Robert Hyde has sent a letter to Great Shelford Online setting out what he believes to be the reasons for the crossing issue in Shelford.


Shelford burglaries


There have been two daylight burglaries in Great Shelford during September.


A house in Chaston Road, Great Shelford was burgled between 3pm and 6pm on September 7.

And a family in High Street Great Shelford  were burgled on September 12 while they were in the garden.


Posted September 14


New Post Office opening hours

There are new Post Office hours and last collection (LC) times at Great Shelford Post Office on Hinton Way.

Mon - Fri  --  9AM - 5:30PM  --  LC 4:45PM

Sat  --  9AM - 1PM  --  LC 11:45AM

Sun  --  Closed .


The Shop hours remain the same: Mon - Sat  -- 7AM - 6:30PM & Sun 7AM -- 1PM.

Posted Oct 5 2021

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Village business introduces parking fines

£100 parking fines have been introduced in part of the village centre.

Angli-EAR Hearing have introduced the fines in their private car park off Woollards Lane. The car park at the side of their building is a private car park for angli-EAR Hearing clients and four properties of Robinson Court.

A new sign (left) warning about the fines has appeared outside their office, which is the former Barclays Bank building.

It is understood that the first £100 fines were handed out last week.

"We have done our utmost to inform people that the parking is for our clients visiting the clinic and our staff," said Sarah Chapman from angli-EAR.


"We use the spaces each day.  Even though we have tried signage, polite notes on cars and speaking to people when they park, we have not been able to resolve the issue of the public using our private car park. Over the weekends the car park seems to be used by people to eat lunch, leaving litter in the car park and sometimes even fly-tipping. Due to this continuing anti-social behaviour we unfortunately had to take enforcement to the next level. A company called Parking Eye is now enforcing our car park's usage and will issue fines to unregistered vehicles.

"There will be a QR code for clients and visitors to the clinic to scan to register their details, or if they do not have a smartphone, a registering point within Reception.

"We are sorry to have to take this step. But when our clients can’t park or aren’t able to walk along the pavement due to vehicles parked there to avoid parking in a space, something needs to change.

"We have offered our car park facilities to the Shelford Fun Run and for community events and we will continue to support this, but it’s the day to day usage which we need to protect for the benefit of our clients."

Public parking is available in the Memorial Hall or a further public car park accessed between the old McColl’s shop and Solutions hairdressers on Woollards Lane.

Posted Aug 28 2021


Revised opening time for the Country Market

As from 1 September, the Country Market will be open from 9 am to 11.30 every Wednesday in the Memorial Hall. 

All the stalls will be well laid out with home-made produce: baking and preserves, garden produce and craft work and the Coffee Stop should be open.

Posted Aug 23 21

Shelford Playscape will open this month


Great Shelford survey results

Readers of the Great Shelford Online website demanded two major changes as part of an online survey that took place earlier this summer.

Survey responses asked for clearer links that go straight to the story concerned rather than just a page. Comments included:

  • Click on a link and it doesn’t take you to the article you wish to read

  • It’s a bit clunky, navigating back and forth is not easy

  • I find it difficult to re-find older items because the pages are all one long string of entries, which keep being added to at the top.

  • Jumps all over the place, badly laid out and links are confusing.


The layout was also criticised in the survey. Comments included:

  • I think the layout is very unsophisticated.

  • It looks awful

  • I think it needs updating - its tired bit like me!

The survey results have heavily influenced the new Great Shelford Online website, which was launched on September 1 2021. Changes have included:

  • Improved linking, directly to the story concerned rather than just a page

  • More modern look and feel of the website

  • Mobile phone friendly website.

  • Dates are now being included when a story is first posted as suggested by a number of people in the survey

  • More local photos are now being used.

We would like to hear your feedback on the new website. Please send your views to

Posted Aug 23 21


New Shelford care home


A new 63 bed care home is currently being built on the former Shelford Energy site in Station Road in Great Shelford.

The care home is being built on the former home of the Shelford Corn and Coal Company who remained on the site until the 1980s.

The proposed care home will provide 63 en suite bedrooms and a wide range of amenity facilities including a café, cinema room, gym and hair salon.

It will be run by Porthaven Care Homes.

Posted Aug 24 21


A1307, Addenbrooke’s to Worts' Causeway resurfacing

The current closure of the Wort’s Causeway junction will be lifted from Monday, 6 September and replaced by temporary traffic lights, whilst the traffic signal installation is being completed.

From Wednesday, 8 September the A1307 will be resurfaced from the Worts’ Causeway junction to the Addenbrooke’s Roundabout.

The A1307 will be closed between Addenbrooke’s Roundabout and Granham’s Road overnight (8pm to 6am) for four weekday nights.

Access to properties, for emergency services, buses and active travel path users will be maintained at all times.

An official diversion route will be signposted via A1307 – A11 – A505 – A1301 Sawston to Great Shelford – Trumpington – A1134 Long Road

Once the resurfacing works are completed, the new traffic signals at the Worts’ Causeway junction will be commissioned and the temporary traffic signals removed. This part of the work is scheduled for week commencing the 13 September.

Posted Aug 26 2021


Shelford library is now fully open

Great Shelford Library reverted to its full opening hours in August.


To keep everyone safe, visitor numbers will continue to be limited and Covid-19 safety precautions will remain in place, including the wearing of a face covering.


  • MONDAY 3pm – 7pm

  • TUESDAY 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm

  • WEDNESDAY 10am – 1pm

  • THURSDAY closed

  • FRIDAY 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 6pm

  • SATURDAY 10am – 1pm

  • SUNDAY closed.

Posted Aug 20 21

31 bus service update


Some journeys on the 31 bus service are now extended through onto the 114 service from Addenbrooke's Hospital which covers Sainsbury's, The Beehive and Grafton Centres and Drummer Street..

These are the 10.06  11.36 and 13.06 from Chaston Road bus stop. The 31 timetable remains the same. There is no need to change bus at Addenbrooke's as the same bus continues onto the 114 route.


Full details of timetables are available here. Note: this is the weekday (Monday to Friday) only not Saturday.

Posted Aug 19 21


Could McColls become a takeaway?

The former McColls newsagents could soon become an Indian takeaway.

Proposals to convert the empty shop on Woollards Lane have been submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council. 

McColls has stood empty since the shop closed three years ago.

You can read the full planning application here.

Posted Aug 17 21

Shelford Feast 2021

One thousand people attended the Shelford Feast free one day event on Saturday July 10. 


Events including Tony Hadley and Trevor Nelson have been postponed until 2022.

Read full details about the 2022 Shelford Feast day of events on the Shelford Feast website.


Posted July 12 21

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